FEEDING HILLS, Mass. (WWLP) – Ever since the month of May started we’ve been dealing with rain and below average temperatures. Normally this time of year temperatures are in the mid and upper 60s but lately it’s only been in the 50s.
Despite all the cool, wet weather we’ve been having this month we’ve only picked up about .75″ of rain here in the Springfield area.
For the year we’re still running a rainfall deficit of almost 2 and .75″ of rain. So far this year we’ve picked up just over 11” of rain and on average we usually have close to 14″ of rain by now.
For farmers there is a good and bad side to this weather. “Well on the one hand the fields are still not too wet we’re getting out there planting stuff and put out squash tomorrow but on the retail end it kinda hurts because this business is driven by the sun and the warmth and it was nicer in March and April than it is now,” said Bobby Cecchi of E.Cecchi Farms in Feeding Hills.
“Yeah I think we needed it because we didn’t have any snow to carry us through. We would have a drought if we didn’t have the rain I think,” said Carol Dahlke of Agawam.
Despite the recent rain, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor parts of far eastern and far western Hampden County and southern Berkshire County are still experiencing abnormally dry conditions.
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